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Kid Icarus

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Kid Icarus
Kid Icarus boxart.jpg
Developer(s) Nintendo R&D1
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Designer(s) Satoru Okada
Released Japan December 19, 1986
United States July, 1987
Europe February 15, 1987
Genre(s) Platformer
Platform(s) Nintendo Entertainment System
Family Computer Disk System
Game Boy Advance
Virtual Console
Article on Icaruspedia Kid Icarus
This article is about the video game. For the protagonist of the game who is sometimes referred to as "Kid Icarus", see Pit.
For the universe, see, see Kid Icarus (universe).

Kid Icarus (光神話 パルテナの鏡, Myth of Light: The Mirror of Palutena) is a platforming video game developed by Nintendo R&D1 and published by Nintendo for the Famicom Disk System in 1986 and the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987. It is the first game in the Kid Icarus series, the second being Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters, released on the Game Boy. Another sequel for the SNES, Kid Icarus 2, was never released. The game world is loosely based on Greek mythology, with Icarus and Medusa being drawn from myth.

Kid Icarus has been re-released twice: on August 10, 2004, for the Game Boy Advance as part of the Famicom Mini Series in Japan only, and on February 12, 2007, on the Wii's Virtual Console in North America. It was released on the European and Australian Virtual Consoles on February 23, 2007.

The game appears as a playable Masterpiece in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. It can be played for 90 seconds in Brawl and 180 seconds in Smash Wii U, and starts at the first level.

In the Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Screenshot from the Masterpiece in Brawl.


Pit (which appears as a playable character in both Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. 4, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate) and Palutena (which appears as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate) both debuted in this game.


Pit's neutral, up and down specials in Brawl (Palutena's Arrow, Wings of Icarus and Mirror Shield) are based on the three sacred treasures from this game, the Arrow of Light, the Pegasus Wings and the Mirror Shield. Pit's Final Smash in Brawl, Palutena's Army, summons centurions to attack. They're abundantly found petrified in Fortresses. Bopping one with a Mallet sends it flying away, and it'll join Pit during the fight against that Fortress' Sacred Guardian. Pit's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. 4 is called "Three Sacred Treasures", and is based on the treasures mentioned above; more specifically, in their appearance in Kid Icarus: Uprising.


Skyworld is based on the location of the same name in this game. It is the third level. Palutena's Temple also comes from this game. It is where the goddess Palutena lives. In this game, Medusa usurped control of the palace and captured Palutena, prompting Pit to rescue her.


Daphnes, Monoeyes, Reapers, and Zurees appear as Smash Run enemies in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. All of them debuted in this game. Daphnes are Underworld-affiliated enemies. They are depicted as once-docile flowers that were corrupted by a dark spirit, and group in four to attack. Monoeyes are large eyeball-shaped creatures with short tentacles who fly in formations of four and are only found in the Underworld. The Reaper is a durable foe that Pit encounters early in his quest. It appears in every non-Fortress area, barring the Palace in the Sky. The Reaper prowls along a flat path, turning around when the path ends. Once every few moments, however, it will suddenly glance behind to see if Pit's trying to sneak up behind it; it will always turn around if attacked in the back. Should the Reaper see Pit, it'll zip to the closest spot available on it's path and immediately summon four Reapettes. Zuree are encountered in the Palace in the Sky. They simply fly vertically, and are one of the weakest foes Pit will encounter.


The songs "Underworld", "Skyworld", "Title (Kid Icarus)" and "Kid Icarus Original Medley" (known as "Kid Icarus Retro Medley in Smash 4) all come from this game. "Underworld" could be considered a medley of sorts, as while the majority of the track consists of an orchestral remix of the music that typically plays in World 1 of this game (officially known as Underworld), afterwards, a remix of the music that plays when Pit is in the range of the Grim Reaper enemy plays, and then the track ends on a remix of the Game Over Theme before looping again. "Skyworld" is an orchestral remix of the music that plays in the Overworld levels in this game, not the Skyworld as the song name suggests. "Title (Kid Icarus)" is a remix of the music that would play on the Title Screen of this game. "Kid Icarus Original/Retro Meldey" is a medley of music pieces from this game, retained in their original 8-bit format. The track starts with the Title Screen Theme, before transitioning into Underworld, the general Overworld Theme, Skyworld, Dungeon Theme, Stage Clear and Game Over. These segments are ported from the Famicom version of the game, rather than the NES version.


In Melee[edit]

Name Image Description
Pit Pit Trophy Melee.png The head of Palutena's personal bodyguards, Pit traveled near and far to gather Three Sacred Treasures that would help him defeat the evil goddess of darkness, Medusa, and free Palutena, the goddess of light. Pit couldn't fly with his little wings; only the Wings of Pegasus let him take flight. Will Pit ever fight again?

In Brawl[edit]

Name Picture Description
Pit - Brawl Trophy.png The captain of the royal bodyguards of Palutena, Goddess of Light and ruler of Angel Land. The dark goddess, Medusa, conquered the underworld, the surface world and the heavens, then imprisoned Palutena. Pit escaped and, armed with Palutena's magical bow, set out to free her. Along the way, he gathered Three Sacred Treasures with which he challenged Medusa.
NES: Kid Icarus
Fighter Related
Palutena - Brawl Trophy.png The ruling goddess of Angel Land. Palutena showered the earth with rays of light, using her powers for the good of mankind. But Medusa, who in her hate for mankind was banished to the underworld, makes war on Palutena and wins, capturing and holding the goddess deep within a temple. Palutena entrusts Pit with a sacred bow and the task of defeating Medusa.
NES: Kid Icarus

In Smash 4[edit]

Both Versions[edit]
Name Picture Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Picture Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Description Trophy Box
PitTrophy3DS.png PitTrophyWiiU.png NTSC Pit is the captain of Palutena's royal guard. Despite the wings on his back, Pit needs the Power of Flight from Palutena in order to truly fly. In Smash Bros., he can still get more air than most, with four jumps and a special move that boosts him higher. He has a new reflect move—it protects both sides!

PAL Despite being an angel with wings and all that jazz, Pit can't fly without a little bit of help from his favourite goddess, Palutena. In this game, he's good at both close and ranged combat, and can even deflect projectiles. On top of that, with a high-flying up special and the ability to jump four times in mid-air. he's also got great recovery skills.

NES: Kid Icarus (08/1987)
3DS: Kid Icarus: Uprising (03/2012)
58. Kid Icarus: Uprising
Pit (Alt.)
PitAltTrophy3DS.png PitAltTrophyWiiU.png NTSC Pit's side special Upperdash Arm delivers an uppercut so strong, it can send foes flying for a KO. If you miss and fall off the stage, Pit's up special can bring him soaring back. Another of Pit's specials is Palutena Bow, which fires arrows Pit can aim even after they've left the bow.

PAL Pit's Upperdash Arm special launches him forwards to strike with an uppercut. It's so powerful, it can deliver an instant KO! If you accidentally dash off the stage with it, one of his up special will get you back on easily. His Palutena Bow special can be charged up, shot straight up into the air, and you can even guide the arrows mid-flight!

NES: Kid Icarus (08/1987)
3DS: Kid Icarus: Uprising (03/2012)
PalutenaTrophy3DS.png PalutenaTrophyWiiU.png NTSC In Kid Icarus: Uprising, the goddess of light uses telepathy to communicate and grants miracles to support Pit on his adventure. In Smash Bros., she has special moves like Warp and Heavenly Light at her disposal. She's very adaptable—you can customize her into a long- or close-range fighter!

PAL Said to be able to perform miracles, this goddess supports Pit in battle, using telepathy to communicate with him. She's no slouch on her own, either. She has a huge variety of moves you can customise and use to your advantage. Short or long range, the sky's the limit! Or maybe not. After all, she can teleport.

NES: Kid Icarus (08/1987)
3DS: Kid Icarus: Uprising (03/2012)
58. Kid Icarus: Uprising
Palutena (Alt.)
PalutenaAltTrophy3DS.png PalutenaAltTrophyWiiU.png NTSC Palutena's Reflect Barrier side special deflects any attacks and projectiles that come at her from the front. Unlike other reflective moves, you can leave this barrier in place and it will keep reflecting. If you really want to ruin someone's day, you can push them over an edge using this move.

PAL Palutena's Reflect Barrier special deflects any attacks and projectiles that come at her from the front. Unlike other fighters' reflective moves, you can deploy this barrier and then leave it to its own devices. You can also push opponents with it, so use it on someone who's teetering on the edge of the stage to push them off.

NES: Kid Icarus (08/1987)
3DS: Kid Icarus: Uprising (03/2012)
76. Female Fighters
Reaper NTSC
Reaper & Reapette PAL
ReaperReapetteTrophy3DS.png ReaperTrophyWiiU.png NTSC Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Since he's clearly not planning on doing any gardening, watch out for that scythe! You can tell when one of these has its sights set on you because the music will change and you'll hear a loud scream as it summons its Reapettes. If you always keep your distance and attack from afar, there's no need to fear the Reapers.

Ntsc Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Since he's clearly not planning on doing any gardening, watch out for that scythe! He loved to scream and summon Reapettes in Kid Icarus: Uprising. In Smash Tour, you'll need to have at least three fighters when you encounter him to earn a Checkpoint Bonus. If you don't bring enough fighters, you'll get launched. Ouch!
PAL Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Since he's clearly not planning on doing any gardening, watch out for that scythe! You can tell when one of these has its sights set on you because the music will change and you'll hear a loud scream as it summons its Reapettes. If you always keep your distance and attack from afar, there'll be no need to fear the Reapers.
Pal Super Smash Bros. for Wii U A foe that appears in Kid Icarus: Uprising, wielding a rather intimidating scythe. In that game, he'd go berserk if you entered his line of sight, calling in his Reapette minions to attack. In Smash Tour, bump into him with three or more fighters to get a Checkpoint Bonus. Be careful, though! With two or fewer, you'll just get launched!

NES: Kid Icarus (08/1987)
3DS: Kid Icarus: Uprising (03/2012)
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]
Name Picture Price Description
Three Sacred Treasures
Fighter Related
ThreeSacredTreasuresTrophy3DS.png ? G; Play Coin.png —
NTSC The powerful treasures used to defeat Medusa, the Three Sacred Treasures include the Arrow of Light, Wings of Pegasus, and Mirror Shield. That reminds me of a bit of trivia: there are in real life Three Sacred Treasures in Japan, but they are a sword, a mirror, and a jewel.

PAL These treasures, once used to defeat Medusa, are the Arrow of Light, the Wings of Pegasus and the Mirror Shield. And now for some trivia: the Imperial Regalia of Japan are also known as the Three Sacred Treasures, but those three are a sword, a mirror and a jewel.

MonoeyeTrophy3DS.png ? G; Play Coin.png —
NTSC These one-eyed monsters are members of the Underworld Army from the Kid Icarus series. In Smash Run, these scouts will usually attack alone and chase fighters. If their eye starts to glow red, they're preparing to fire a projectile. They're really weak, though, so you should have no trouble.

PAL These one-eyed creatures from the Kid Icarus series are the Underworld Army's surveillance drones. In Smash Run, they tend to waver about as they chase after you. When their eyes glow red, it means they're about to fire energy blasts at you, so watch out! Other than that, though, they're not particularly tough.

DaphneTrophy3DS.png ? G; Play Coin.png —
NTSC These flowery foes from the Kid Icarus series may look adorable, but they'll reveal their repulsive faces and scatter mines everywhere if given the chance. The mines have an impressive blast radius and knock-back. Best to blow them up from a distance. Daphnes themselves have very little health.

PAL Adorable as these flowery foes from the Kid Icarus series look, they're actually nasty little things. They're not tough to beat, but apparently they're holding too many mines to even have anything useful to give you when you do beat them. Watch out for those mines - they have a pretty big blast radius and can really send you flying.

ZureeTrophy3DS.png ? G; Play Coin.png —
NTSC The Zuree usually live in the Underworld, but in Kid Icarus, Medusa set them to work guarding the Palace in the Sky. In Smash Bros., they appear as a silvery mist, waiting until they've floated close enough to a fighter before showing themselves and attacking with their sharp claws. That's your cue to fight back!

PAL The Zuree usually live in the Underworld, but in Kid Icarus, Medusa set them to work guarding the Palace in the Sky. In this game, they appear as a silvery mist, waiting until they've floated close enough to a fighter before showing their true form and attacking with their sharp claws. And that's your cue to fight back!

Medusa, Queen of the Underworld NTSC
Medusa PAL
Series Related
MedusaTrophy3DS.png ? G; Play Coin.png —
NTSC Medusa is the goddess of darkness and the leader of the Underworld Army. Although she was defeated in the past, Hades has secretly resurrected her to fight again. Those slithering snakes on her head are really unpleasant. That's got to be the worst bad hair day ever.

PAL Medusa is the goddess of darkness and leader of the Underworld Army. She was defeated by Pit in the past, but the fires of her hatred never faded. With Hades' help, she came back to life and got straight back on the warpath. Even the poisonous snakes on her head writhe with loathing for Palutena.

Twinbellows the Ferocious NTSC
Twinbellows PAL
Series Related
TwinbellowsTrophy3DS.png ? G; Play Coin.png —
NTSC Twinbellows is a flame-engulfed, demonic, doglike beast unleashed by Medusa during her attack on a human city. Its roar heralds a crimson fire that consumes everything in its path. If you hear both heads roaring, prepare yourself—this beast is definitely drawing near.

PAL Unleashed by Medusa during an assault on a human city, the Underworld's fiery guard dog is a fearsome creature. People associate the sound of its roar with the sight of cities being burned to the ground. If you hear two roars at the same time, stay on your toes - it might be nearby.

Three-Headed Hewdraw NTSC
Hewdraw PAL
Series Related
HewdrawTrophy3DS.png ? G; Play Coin.png —
NTSC A dragon with three regenerating heads. Each head has its own unique personality, and they are not known for getting along. One head would want to destroy a wall, the second would go around it, and the third would fly over it. All three are plenty happy to devour a meddling angel, though.

PAL This dragon's three heads don't even need to be attached to the body to wreak havoc, which is a good thing because they don't really get along with each other anyway! Their constant bickering makes them a funny bunch to be around...until they take a break to deal with Pit, that is!

Thanatos, God of Death NTSC
Thanatos PAL
Series Related
ThanatosTrophy3DS.png ? G; Play Coin.png —
NTSC Don't be fooled by Thanatos's childish attitude—he's more dangerous than most clowns. And don't expect smiles from the god of death. He serves as Medusa's second in command and, thanks to his shape-shifting talents, can entertain his master with a decent clown act too.

PAL Thanatos might look like he's just a goofy clown, but he's not - he's the god of death, one of the key players in the Underworld Army and Medusa's right-hand man. His shape-shifting abilities play a big part in his clown act, which his master gets a good cackle out of.

Series Related
MikTrophy3DS.png ? G; Play Coin.png —
NTSC It's easy to sum up a Mik—it's a large- mouthed monster. It serves as one of the Underworld Army's frontline troops, but maybe it would make a better food tester? Miks will eat just about anything, you know, and angels are right at the top of the menu.

PAL These slurpy little creatures are part of the Underworld Army's front-line troops. From the look of them, though, they'd probably make better food tasters. (Is that insensitive...?) Either way, they really do eat a lot, so don't agree to go for dinner with them unless they offer to pay!

Series Related
SpecknoseTrophy3DS.png ? G; Play Coin.png —
NTSC Let's get one thing straight here—those are tentacles, not hair, hanging under that oversized nose. Specknoses may look goofy, but you should be wary of the dangerous projectiles they can shoot from their nostrils. Ew! I hope those are just regular bombs...

PAL Looks like someone could do with trimming the old moustache, right? Hold on a sec! Those aren't hairs - they're tentacles! Gross! These guys start off slow, but when they spot their prey, they jump into action and start sneezing bombs - bombs made INSIDE their noses. Ew!

Series Related
CenturionTrophy3DS.png ? G; Play Coin.png —
NTSC The standard soldiers of Palutena's Army, Centurions make up in loyalty and number for what they lack in power. They have time and again fallen victim to a curse that turns them to stone, but the head of Palutena's guard, Pit, saves them with the use of a stone-breaking mallet.

PAL These little guys are Palutena's soldiers. What they lack in strength, they more than make up for with dedication. A long time ago, they were turned into stone and scattered across the world. Luckily, Pit managed to free them with his Mallet, making them even more loyal to our hero!

Pit (Eggplant)
Series Related
PitEggplantTrophy3DS.png ? G; Play Coin.png —
NTSC Let's squash a misconception right now— there is nothing worse than being turned into an eggplant. Just lettuce tell you, being hit by an eggplant bomb is humiliating. It leafs you without mushroom to maneuver and also makes you the laughing stalk of your friends.

PAL Maybe you think there's something worse than being turned into an eggplant, but we're going to squash that misconception right now. Lettuce tell you, being hit by an eggplant bomb is awful. Not only does it leave you without mushroom to manoeuvre, but it makes you a giant laughing stalk as well. (We're not sorry.)


No. Image Name Effect Characters
Brawl Sticker Pit (Kid Icarus).png
Pit AttackWeapon+026TypeIcon(Weapon).png Attack +26 PitHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Eggplant Wizard (Kid Icarus).png
Eggplant Wizard AttackSpecialsDirect+011SpecialsDirect.png Attack +11 RandomHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Reaper & Reapette (Kid Icarus).png
Reaper & Reapette DefenseFlame+012EffectIcon(Flame).png Resistance +12 PitHeadSSBB.png


Primary spirits[edit]

No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability
SSBU spirit Pit (Original).png
Pit (Original)
★★★ 3 3078 9281 1362 4105 1598 4819 Jump ↓
SSBU spirit Three Sacred Treasures.png
Three Sacred Treasures
★★★ 3 2709 8131 1292 3877 1217 3652 Shooting Items Power ↑
SSBU spirit Medusa.png
★★ 2 1790 7185 716 2874 1074 4311 Can Be Enhanced at Lv. 99
SSBU spirit Hewdraw.png
★★ 3 1440 5830 707 2860 652 2640 Jump ↑
SSBU spirit Pandora.png
★★ 2 1546 6205 912 3661 634 2544 Can Be Enhanced at Lv. 99
SSBU spirit Thanatos.png
★★ 2 1712 6872 762 3058 950 3814 No Effect
SSBU spirit Specknose.png
2 810 4053 401 2006 409 2047 No Effect

Support spirits[edit]

No. Image Name Class Cost Ability
SSBU spirit Centurion.png
Centurion 1 Staff Equipped
SSBU spirit Twinbellows.png
Twinbellows ★★ 2 Mouthful of Curry
SSBU spirit Reaper & Reapette.png
Reaper & Reapette ★★★ 1 Side Special ↑
SSBU spirit Eggplant Wizard.png
Eggplant Wizard ★★★ 2 KOs Heal Damage

Fighter spirits[edit]

No. Image Alternate Artwork Name
SSBU spirit Pit.png
Pit SSBU.png
SSBU spirit Palutena.png
Palutena SSBU.png